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Bike Security by Real Cyclists

We’ve come a long way since our first Kickstarter campaign. We’re all grown up, leading the global market in smart bike security but we never forget our roots and why we’re doing this.

Humble Beginnings

Growing up in Queens, NY and living in Oakland, CA, LINKA founder Mohamed Mohamed (or ‘Mo’ to friends) is no stranger to urban cycling - and near obsessed with the need for dependable bike security. As a daily bike commuter and a mechanical engineer, he began to develop LINKA in 2014 when he could not find a keyless lock that met his standards for security and ease of use. Over the next several months, Mo interviewed 300 riders to identify every gap that existing locks did not fulfill and uncovered new features that urban cyclists needed. One weekend, he spent hours sitting in front of the UC Berkeley Art Museum with a stopwatch, clocking the average time it took for bikers to lock their bikes (2.5 minutes). Half of them were locked up incorrectly.

Engineering the smartest solution

Leaning on his background in automotive product design for companies like Toyota, Hyundai and Kia, Mo developed LINKA as an elegant, faster, more convenient and more secure alternative to existing locks. He presented a working prototype of the world’s first mounted keyless smart bike lock at Bike Expo New York in 2015.

Becoming a world-class bike security company

Two weeks after Bike Expo New York, Mo launched his campaign on Kickstarter. Within three days, the campaign was fully funded and LINKA locks began shipping in 2016. Since then, LINKA has won the most prestigious bike design and innovation awards in the world, including the TAIPEI CYCLE d&i Gold Award and Eurobike GOLD Award. LINKA is also the FIRST electronic bike lock to be certified and approved by ART Foundation, the Netherland’s most stringent and renowned bike security testing organization. With 4 patents since 2015, we are confident in providing the very best innovative smart bike security technologies.

Enabling sustainable urban mobility

Today, LINKA is sold in 45 countries and employs a team in San Francisco, Hong Kong and Germany. The full line of LINKA products now includes the Original LINKA Lock; LEO, which boasts e-bike compatibility, GPS theft tracking and global tamper alerts; LOOP, a collection of innovative charge-and-tether bike chains; and LINKA Fleet Solutions, a comprehensive bike share management solution for bike share operators.

Thank you

2018 marks 3 years of innovation and design. We’re excited to continue to grow, our roots will remain embedded in our founding mission: encourage sustainable urban mobility, reduce our collective carbon footprint and promote healthier, less congested cities. Thank you for supporting LINKA! We wouldn’t be able to fulfill this mission without you.

Why We Care

Our mission is at the core of everything we do. Our humble roots began with a passion to make a change in the way we move, in turn making a positive impact on the environment, our lifestyle and our health.

Mobility

Our patented technologies enhance convenience and security of biking encouraging sustainable urban mobility, empowering you to ride with peace of mind.

Environment

Reducing our collective carbon footprint is at the heart of the LINKA journey. Driving a car emits about 271 g CO2 per passenger-kilometer. Replace the car with a bicycle and you reduce your CO2 emission to less than 1/10th of the car.

Health

We believe in promoting healthier, less congested cities. Not only is cycling a great form of exercise, it will probably get you faster from A to B in some of the World’s most congested cities. By reducing congestion, we can create a positive change to our city’s urban landscape together.

Looking for help?

For more information about our products, please visit our LINKA Support Page.